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2020: DevOps Trends To Watch

Monday 6th January 2020

DevOps in 2019 made huge strides, as it does every year throughout the software development world! However, what does 2020 bring for DevOps? Here our DevOps talent specialist Jake discusses...

Technologies to watch...

In 2020 I predict we will see a huge expansion in technologies such as Kubernetes, Serverless architecture, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning! 

Globally in 2019 Kubernetes has turned out to be a top container technology, with a 31% increase in companies that adopted using Kubernetes from the year before, as well as it is expected to be adopted and develop even more in 2020. Next year, we will start to see container orchestration software replacing several old DevOps functions across the entire software development lifecycle, with more DevOps professionals finding themselves in containerization specific roles/job titles i.e. Kubernetes Engineer. 

I see a lot of opportunities related to artificial intelligence and machine learning as it relates to DevOps in 2020. Through the technology anticipating how changes can be made to the application and being able to carry out the process over and over again without human intervention, there are huge opportunities for artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to help companies and tech professionals to best decide the next steps with their product as well as verify the impact of those changes. 

This means they can release, with 100% confidence, high-quality software targeted at their end-users’ needs and affect the overall user experience. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can allow organisations to make better decisions faster by providing unique analysis correlating, code, test results, user effect on increasing the velocity and quality of DevOps pipelines. In my opinion, using this tech should be seriously considered by companies in 2020 with it being the most repeatable and quantifiable processes for their DevOps processes. 

Finally, there is a huge hype for serverless architecture. This extraordinary architecture allows for software developers to concentrate their all their focus on the application. By employing serverless architecture, you can save time, cut down the costs, and ensure resilient workflow.

These four technologies alone will help users reach the future goal of “DevOps” where everything in the life cycle is zero-touch automation!

New and upcoming

In 2020 there will be new creative technologies build in the DevOps World. One such technology that I think is interesting and has a lot of potentials is called Anthos. Anthos is Google Cloud’s new open platform that lets you run applications anywhere. This technology could be revolutionary as the infrastructure allows for you to run your applications not only on existing on-prem hardware investments and on GCP, but also lets you manage workloads on other third-party Cloud Platforms such as AWS and Azure. This multi-cloud hybrid platform created by Google gives DevOps professionals the freedom to seamlessly and securely build, deploy, run and manage applications across all platforms, anywhere at any time.

DevOps as a Job vs DevOps as a culture

There is a huge debate about the term “DevOps” in the IT universe with most agreeing on it being a series of process. However, there is also a lot of conversation around using it as a job title i.e. DevOps Engineer, DevOps Manager etc. Like it or not we live in an ever-changing world, where changing with the times is something everyone must get used too. In the same way that it is vital to stay up to date with the latest tech and trends on the market, we must accept that more and more companies are giving tech professionals job titles with DevOps in it! The DevOps universe is forever growing, so you will see new technologies and tooling take birth almost every single day, from being skilled in using a variety of scripting languages and infrastructure as code, to using Cloud Technologies and Microservices, a DevOps professional can do it all.

(This topic was recently discussed in a Q&A we carried out for our DevOps Berlin blog by Site Reliability Engineer, Jonathan Beber. Check it out here.)
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